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 Welcome to Day 3 of Winter Hazard Awareness Week.  


Day 3: Winter Hazard Awareness Week- Traveling!

Today is day 3 of  Winter Hazard Awareness Week in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The National Weather Service, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Division of Emergency Management and the Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, is sponsoring a Winter Hazard Awareness Week to help you prepare for the winter season.  During the week the National Weather Service in Duluth is providing these safety tips and information about hazardous winter weather.

Anyone who has driven in the Midwest during the winter can attest that even a little bit of snow or ice on the roads can be hazardous. In fact, most crashes occur during light snowfalls.

If you are traveling in winter weather:

  • Catch the latest weather forecast and road conditions for your travel route. Know before you go!
  • Download the Winter Survival Kit App for your Android or Apple device.
  • If inclement weather is forecast, postpone or cancel your trip.
  • Keep your vehicle’s headlights on when it is raining, snowing or is foggy.
  • Have an emergency kit in your vehicle that includes first aid supplies, blankets, dry clothes, and dry food such as candy bars and granola bars.
  • Inform a family member or friend about your travel plans.
  • If you become stranded, stay with your vehicle, open a window a crack, intermittently run the engine and heater, contact someone on a cell phone if you have one, and tie a red flag on your radio antenna.
  • Do not eat snow- this will lower your body temperature- melt the snow first, then drink the water- a coffee can in your winter survival kit can be used for this.
  • Be cautious around snowplows and be aware that they probably do not see you.
  • Never try to pass a snow plow unless the driver signals for you to pass.

Good references you might want to check out:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency maintains a helpful website with more suggestions to help you prepare for any emergency: weather related or non-weather related. Visit for more winter weather preparedness information.


A typical winter survival kit for a vehicle.

Give snowplows plenty of room to do their work.
Never try to pass a plow unless given the go-ahead by the plow operator.


You can view the information for the other Winter Hazard Awareness Week topics using the links below:

Day 1 - Winter Weather Terms
Day 2 - Preparation
Day 4 - Cold Weather Safety
Day 5 - Indoor Winter Safety